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The work of our social housing fraud team has been featured, this week, on the BBC programme Council House Crackdown. The series follows investigators, from all over the UK, as they track down social housing tenancy cheats, reclaim homes and give them to people in need.

Our fraud team help detect fraudsters who illegally occupy or sub-let council housing, or submit false information on their application for housing. The series has featured just a few of their successful cases. In episode one you can hear about a couple who claimed they were homeless in order to be offered a tenancy, but whose situation was not what they claimed it to be. In episode two, the team unravel an unusual deception, involving two separate flats on two separate floors 

Demand for housing in the West Midlands is at an all time high and fraudulent tenancy claims can have a devastating effect, so there is a zero tolerance policy in operation at Wolverhampton Homes.

 

Elaine Morgan, Social Housing Fraud Manager said:

A lot of our applicants are desperate for a home. Social housing is designed for people in need, it's not just something that should be available for people to come along and say 'I want that house, I fancy living there.' It should be for the people that genuinely need it.

 

Darren Baggs, Assistant Director - Housing said:

Tenancy fraud is illegal; it’s not fair on others and is something which we take very seriously. That’s why we and the council work so hard together to get cases like these to court. I hope it sends out a strong message that we won’t tolerate fraud and that we will take action against people who are caught cheating the system.”

 

You can catch up with these cases and watch the whole series on BBC iPlayer.

To find out more about our fraud team and to report housing fraud, please visit our fraud pages.

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